- Because of its geography and its length from north to south, Chile has an incredible assortment of atmospheres. Desolate from Arica to La Serena, Mediterranean in the focal area until Concepción, tempered stormy from Concepción to Punta Arenas and the polar ice of Antarctica.
- The Atacama Desert is the driest desert on the planet, with normal precipitation estimating around 0.6 inches per year. There are a few places in the Atacama that have never at any point enlisted precipitation since recording started. In any case, when the downpours do come, parts of the desert blossom with lovely fields of purple blooms that stretch for miles.
- Crack open a chilly one! Despite the fact that Chile is globally known for its succulent red wines and its naughty Pisco, Chile likewise has a solid and assorted brew culture! This is on account of a solid convergence of German migrants from the late 1800s, who came to Chile to live in the South and brought their blending conventions (and cooking and design too) with them. So make certain to test some neighborhood create blends amid your visit.
- Chileans know how to ring in the New Year with style! On New Year’s Eve, the beach front urban communities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar put on the greatest firecracker appear in South America, propelling an astounding presentation over the goliath harbor that outskirts the two urban areas for a definitive party! In 2007, a Guinness World Record was accomplished for setting off 16,000 firecrackers.
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ITINERARY:Day 1: Santiago
Reception at Santiago’s airport and transfer to the Hotel. Afternoon tour around Santiago, visiting the city’s most outstanding attractions, including a walking tour downtown visiting the “Plaza de Armas”, the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard and the Government Palace “La Moneda”(outside). Then, by vehicle, visit the main avenues of old Santiago, crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and drive up the San Cristobal Hill for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountain Range. After this, the tour will take you to the modern part of Santiago, including its chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 2: Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in time to board your flight to Calama. Reception at Calama’s airport and transfer to the village of San Pedro de Atacama (no guide included) through the Domekyo mountain range and the Salt Mountain range. In the afternoon, visit the Salt Mountain, Mars Valley (also called Death Valley) and Moon Valley to admire the spectacular sunset reflected on this wonderful landscape – nature’s own light show. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today full day excursion, visiting the town of Toconao and Socaire, and the Chaxa Lagoon in the Atacama Salt Flat, habitat for pink flamingos. The excursion continues towards the Altiplanic Lagoons Meñiques and Miscanti, located at 4.500 metres above sea level (14.850 feet above sea level). This area is a part of the “Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos” (Flamingos National Reserve). These lagoons are surrounded by impressive volcanoes that were formed when the Andes Mountain Range rose from the sea through millions of years of evolution. Lunch included in a local restaurant. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama (B)
Early departure from the hotel (4.00 AM) to the Tatio Geysers. Breakfast box in the Geysers before a gentle guided walk around the geothermal field with observation of the natural phenomenon of the steam columns which are viewed at their best as the sun rises over the Andes Mountains. You’ll have the chance to bathe on the natural pools with thermal waters of 30°C. Return to San Pedro with spectacular views of the Torcopuri y Sairecabur volcanoes. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit San Pedro de Atacama and its crafts market. Overnight.
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in Calama to board the flight to Puerto Montt with connection in Santiago. Reception at the airport and then visit the city of Puerto Montt, starting point of the colonization of the area, carried out mainly by Germans in the XIX century. Today it has picturesque buildings, a beautiful coastal road, the fishermen village of Angelmó and its famous crafts market where you can buy handicrafts made of leather, wool and wood. Then, visit Puerto Varas, a place where the German settlers started to build their typical houses with beautiful gardens in this privileged location in the lakeshore of Llanquihue Lake with impressive views of the Osorno volcano. Transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas and overnight.
Day 6: Puerto Varas – Frutillar – Petrohué – Puerto Varas (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit Frutillar, which stands out because of its architecture, its gardens and its incomparable views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes. Visit the coastal road and the German Colonial Museum, where you can appreciate vestiges of the colonization. In the afternoon, we’ll Travel towards Petrohué, until we reach the Petrohué River falls. Next to the virgin forests are the falls of this flowing river, giving an exceptional landscape, finishing in the port of the Todos los Santos Lake. Return to the hotel in Puerto Varas and overnight.
Day 7: Puerto Varas –Chiloé Island – Puerto Varas (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure from Puerto Varas towards the Chiloé Island. Today we will cover around 450 kms. In the location of Pargua we will embark a ferry that will cross the Chacao channel in a 45 minute ride. We will disembark in Chacao where we will see the first signs of the classic island architecture called “chilota”. We will visit the village of Quemchi and the area of Aucar where the main highlight is its pedestrian made-of-wood bridge of almost 560 mts long that connects this area with a picturesque cemetery located in a small island. We will continue to Colo, where we will visit the most traditional church of the island. All the churches in the Chiloé Island have been declared World Heritage and most of them were built by Jesuits between the XVI and XVII centuries. In other villages, such as Tenaún, we will see the traditional construction of houses decorated with its characteristic native-wood roof tiles. The circuit also includes the city of Castro, where besides visiting its church, we’ll see its typical houses constructed on plots over the sea called “palafitos” and its traditional Crafts Market there their woolen products are among the most popular. By the end of the afternoon, return to Puerto Varas and overnight.
Day 8: Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport of Puerto Montt to board your next flight to Punta Arenas. Guide assistance at the airport to board a public bus towards Puerto Natales. Reception at Puerto Natales’ bus station and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Puerto Natales.
Day 9: Puerto Natales (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion to the Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers with lunch included. Early in the morning sail from Puerto Natales visiting the beautiful Ultima Esperanza Fjord and after a 3-hour navigation arrival to the thousand-year-old glacier of Mount Balmaceda, habitat of cormorants and sea lions. At the end of the fjord disembark and walk approximately 1 kilometre (3/4 mile) on a path through the middle of a wonderful native forest to the foot of the Glacier Serrano and from there, admire this huge natural wonder. On the afternoon, return to Puerto Natales and overnight.
Day 10: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion with lunch included, visiting Torres del Paine National Park. Departure from Puerto Natales, the first place to visit is the Milodón Cave. The journey continues through steppes and Patagonia scrub, full of abundant wild life and herds of sheep, up to Torres del Paine National Park declared world heritage by UNESCO. In the park, a large variety of native fauna especially large herds of guanacos can be observed. Visit the Salto Grande of the Pehoe River, with the impressive mountain massif of Torres del Paine in the background. Then visit to Lake Pehoe, Lake Grey, from where you will see the Grey Glacier in the distance. Return to Puerto Natales in the evening and overnight.
Day 11: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Santiago (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the bus station to board a regular service bus that goes to Punta Arenas airport to board the flight to Santiago. In Santiago, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Santiago.
Day 12: Santiago (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. At the agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.
- Transfers and excursions are in private service with local English-Spanish speaking guide assistance, except in the transfers to / from pier (rt) – no guide included.
- Return Air Tickets
- Public bus ticket Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas – no guide included.
- Balmaceda & Serrano navigation operates in regular service (SIB)
- All entrance fees on tours, duly mentioned in the program
- Lodging in standard rooms or as indicated in the quotation, breakfast included.
- Meals duly specified in the quotation as follows:
B= Breakfast L= Lunch or Lunch box D= Dinner
- Early Check-in or Late Check-out.
- Extras not mentioned in the program.
- Taxes. Foreigners that are not residents in Chile don’t pay taxes (19%). Just in case of No-Show hotels will charge the rate room + 19% taxes.
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- Museums are closed on Mondays.
- Itinerary could be changed according to flight schedules, climate conditions, or in order to provide a better service.
- Balmaceda & Serrano navigation operates daily between Sep 15 / Mar 31.
From April through Sept 14 operates only on Sundays or with a minimum of 20 paid passengers.
Sailing trips are subject to weather conditions
- The excursion to the Altiplanic Lagoons and the Tatio Geysers is not recommended for passengers with heart diseases (altitudes of 4.600 metres above sea level.)
- In Patagonia, during the winter, we recommend the use of warm and waterproof clothing, to cope with low temperatures and rain
- Rates are subject to confirmation during long weekend, Easter, National Holidays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc. and high season periods (fairs and congresses).
- In Santiago and Puerto Varas, during high season (fairs and congresses), especially in March, April, October and November, rates are subject to confirmation.